New Moon Rising
New Moon Rising
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Willow and Tara are walking
on campus during the day. Tara says she is thinking about getting
a cat and asks Willow how she would feel about having one. Willow
responds that she's more of dog person, but agrees to the idea. Tara
tells Willow she wants her room to be "Willow-friendly." Smiling,
they continue walking together, holding hands.
At Giles', a "Scooby meeting"
is being held. Buffy says that she hasn't been getting many kills,
things have been rather slow. While Willow explains it to Tara (who
doesn't really seem to need the explanation), Riley comments that the Initiative
has been very busy fighting demons and have a high capture rate.
The gang concludes that it has something to do with Adam. As the
meeting ends, Anya makes one of her usual snarky remarks on the boredom
and Giles begins to admonish her, but is interrupted as everyone looks
towards the door with shock- Oz is there.
Willow is especially shocked
and Tara, realizing who Oz is, just looks down. Xander greets Oz,
commenting on his lack of communication and Buffy asks if he's back to
stay or just passing through. Before he can answer, Giles comments
that Oz probably doesn't want to have a million questions right away and
offers him some tea. Oz declines, saying he needs to talk to Devon
about a place to stay, but asks Willow if they can talk later that night.
Willow agrees to meet him at her place in the evening and Oz leaves, saying
how happy he is to be back. Everyone is still in shock, most of all
Willow, and as Buffy tries to check on her friend, Tara makes an excuse
and leaves uncomfortably. Willow looks even more miserable.
As Buffy and Riley are
patrolling that night, Riley asks Buffy about Oz and his break-up with
Willow. A demon pops out of nowhere, but is taken down quickly by
the pair and Riley calls it in to the Initiative. Buffy continues
to tell him about Willow and Oz, casually mentioning that Oz is a werewolf.
Riley stops her, shocked, and comments that he never thought Willow was
into "dangerous" guys. Buffy retorts that Oz isn't dangerous and
calls Riley a bigot, obviously taking his comments personally. She
ends the conversation and they continue their patrol.
Oz arrives at Willow's
room and takes her outdoors, saying he has a surprise. As Willow
starts to tell him that she feels weird with the situation, Oz points to
the moon- it's full. Willow is astonished and overjoyed for Oz and
they hug, but Willow quickly moves back uncomfortably. Oz tells Willow
that Xander confirmed for him that she didn't have a new guy and he tells
her he is different now and can be what Willow needs. In other words,
he wants her back.
Meanwhile, Graham and
two other Initiative soldiers are on patrol. They are attacked by
two large and hairy beasts that look remarkably like werewolves.
Two of the soldiers are beaten and torn up badly, while Graham is thrown
off to the side and knocked unconscious.
Willow and Oz are sitting
on Willow's bed, and the sun is shining through the window. Oz tells
Willow about his travels and his trip to Tibet where he learned meditation
to keep his "inner cool" and tells her he also uses herbs and charms to
help curb his wolf nature. Willow comments on how hard it was for
her to deal with his departure and tells him she has changed since he left.
Realizing they spent the whole night talking, Oz asks if they can sleep
awhile together, but Willow prefers to go to breakfast and heads to the
bathroom to refresh herself before they leave. Tara shows up, looking
for Willow, and Oz answers the door, recognizing Tara from the day before
at Giles'. He asks her to come in and wait for Willow, but Tara declines
and hastily leaves. A puzzled Oz tells Willow about Tara's visit
when she comes back from the bathroom.
Buffy and Riley awake
in Riley's room to his alarm clock. Buffy is still angry with Riley
and makes snide remarks while he goes through his morning routine.
Riley asks her what's wrong and guesses that she is still angry over his
comments about Willow and Oz from the night before. Buffy explains
to him that not all demons (specifically vampires) are evil. Riley
asks her to "name one" but before Buffy can answer, Forrest bursts in and
tells Riley the Beta team was hit badly and that one soldier died, though
Graham is okay. Buffy asks what kind of demon attacked them and Riley
snaps back, "Does it matter?" as he leaves with Forrest.
Willow is in her room
when Buffy returns and inquires about Oz. Willow tells her they were
together all night and informs Buffy of Oz's cure. Buffy is surprised
that Willow is not overjoyed with the news and Willow says it's complicated,
because of Tara. Buffy misunderstands at first, then realizes that
Willow is telling her she loves Tara. Buffy is extremely uncomfortable
at first, but then tells Willow truthfully that she is glad to know and
that Willow should be honest with Oz and Tara to avoid causing more hurt
Spike is sleeping in his
crypt when Adam shows up, asking Spike to come with him. Spike realizes
who he is and wants to know why he should help Adam with his problem.
Adam replies that he will help with Spike's problem in return.
Willow goes to see Tara
and explains that nothing happened between her and Oz, and Tara replies
that she will always be Willow's friend, no matter what. Tara tells
Willow that she knows what Oz means to her, but Willow tells her things
have changed and that Tara is a big part of her life now. Willow
begins to cry and Tara touches her face lovingly, telling her to do what
makes her happy. They hold each other as Willow continues to cry.
Oz is reading the bulletin
board in the hallway at the college and smells Willow, but as he turns
to greet her, it's Tara walking by. Oz goes to talk to her and Tara
is obviously very nervous and uncomfortable. As Oz is telling Tara
that he's planning to return to school, he realizes that Tara has Willow's
scent all over her. Tara mumbles that she can't talk and tries to leave,
but Oz grabs her and asks if she and Willow are involved, saying that Willow
never mentioned it to him. Tara still tries to get away, but Oz becomes
even more angry and asks if Willow is in love with her. He begins
to wolf out and tells Tara to run.
In full werewolf mode,
Oz chases Tara into a lecture hall and is about to attack her when the
Initiative soldiers show up and shoot him with a tranquilizer. Riley
and Forrest are there and they believe Oz is one of the creatures that
attacked Graham and his team. They put Oz in a bag and start to take
him away, while Tara tries to tell them who the werewolf is. Forrest
ignores her comments though and tells Tara she is in shock. The Initiative
leaves with a captured Oz.
Back in Spike's crypt,
Spike tells Adam he likes his plan and Adam says that total human annihilation
won't help with his plan- casualties are needed on both sides. Adam
wants Spike to help him with the Slayer because she will be a leader for
the humans. Spike replies that the Slayer has a tendency to win but
he wants his problem solved, so he agrees to help Adam- in return for the
removal of his chip.
Tara finds Willow in the
library and tells her that Oz wolfed out, even though it's daytime.
Tara says the commandos captured Oz and took him away and she is afraid
they might hurt him. Willow quickly leaves to find Buffy.
At Giles', Buffy tries
to contact Riley as Willow tells the others what happened to Oz.
Riley doesn't answer Buffy's pages so she and the gang decide to form a
plan to break Oz out.
Oz is being held in a
cage in the Initiative lab, still in wolf form. Riley and Forrest
ask a doctor if Oz is what attacked Graham and the others, but the doctor
tells them that even though Oz matches the description, they have to wait
for DNA results to confirm the match. Riley tells the doctor he doesn't
need a DNA test to know that "this thing's a killer" and he aims his gun
at Oz, preparing to shoot. Just then, Oz morphs back into human form
and Riley, shocked, stops and lowers his gun as he recognizes Oz.
The doctors have Oz laid
out on a gurney and want to run tests on him, and Riley demands that they
leave him alone, but he is dragged away. The doctors give Oz electrical
shocks and he transforms into a werewolf again. They realize that
the transformation is related to negative stimulation.
Buffy, still at Giles',
begins to worry because Riley still hasn't answered her pages and decides
that she and Xander will break into the Initiative and get Oz out.
Willow insists on coming with them, despite Buffy's objections, and Giles
and Anya are left to take care of hacking into the city power system to
shut it down with Willow's directions. As Willow, Xander and Buffy
are preparing to leave, Spike arrives and says he can show them the back
way into the Initiative. No one believes him at first, but he tells
them that he wants to get the Initiative, and the four of them leave together.
Oz is huddled in the corner
of a cell, naked and bruised, looking in very poor condition when Riley
arrives with clothes for Oz and leads Oz out of the cell , planning to
break him out. Unfortunately, they are caught by Forrest and the
Riley is taken to the
brig where Colonel McNamara, head of the Initiative, comes to see him.
He tells Riley he read his record and informs him that Riley's service
was exemplary until he hooked up with Buffy. Riley is told he will
be court martialed for his abuse of command and betrayal of the Initiative
and he will be labeled a traitor, unless he helps the Initiative get a
hold of the Slayer. McNamara leaves, telling Riley that "no woman
is worth that."
Spike leads Buffy and
the gang to the Initiative's back entrance. Elsewhere, Adam is hooked
into a computer and unlocks the door for Spike, who pretends the door was
open the whole time.
Giles and Anya tap into
the city's power and as they enter the code Willow gave them, the electricity
for Sunnydale shuts down, including the Initiative. Adam is breaking
into the system too and seems to be working simultaneously to shut down
Buffy and the others break
into the Colonel's room and tell McNamara to take them "to him."
The Colonel, thinking they mean Riley, tells them he is being court martialed.
Buffy realizes Riley tried to help Oz escape and goes to break Riley out.
As they are leaving the brig, Riley tells Buffy that this means he can't
return to the Initiative. With the Colonel, the gang goes to get
Oz, but the Initiative soldiers arrive with guns. Buffy holds a crossbow
to McNamara's head and threatens to kill him if the gang doesn't get their
way. Oz is released from the cell and Willow starts to go to him,
but he tells her to stay back as his hand begins to transform to wolf form.
Riley helps him walk and they leave through the elevator with the Colonel.
After the elevator stops, Riley breaks the controls and the Colonel tells
him he's a dead man. Riley responds that he's an anarchist and punches
Buffy and Riley go to
hide out at Sunnydale High School from the Initiative, as the rest of the
gang has split up to keep a low profile. Riley apologizes for being
bigoted towards Oz, and Buffy says she has stuff to tell him about her
past (meaning Angel)- stuff he won't like. Riley replies that Buffy
can tell him anything.
Oz and Willow are sitting
in his van and Oz tells Willow he hasn't changed, but Willow reassures
him that he has. Oz comments on the irony of her being the one thing
that brings the wolf out and Willow tells him she is at fault for upsetting
him. Oz tells her it's okay because she won't do it again and asks
Willow if she's happy. She responds that she is and Oz realizes that
he was stupid to think she'd be waiting, but Willow tells him a part of
her always will be. Oz says he is taking off again and Willow asks
when, to which he replies, "pretty much now." They hug and part ways.
The city's power is still
out when Willow arrives at Tara's, holding a candle. Tara is sitting
in the dark, alone, and when Willow comes in, she thinks Willow has decided
to be with Oz and has come to say goodbye. But Willow tells Tara
she is with the person she loves and apologizes for everything she put
Tara through, telling her she will start making up for it "right now."
Tara blows out the candle.